This summer some European youth orchestras will stop in Bologna to show their talent to Bologna’s public, thanks also to the collaboration with FOG – Florence Youth Festival and with the Chamber Music Festival of Castello di Bentivoglio.
The German youth orchestra Puchheimer Jugendkammerorchester (PJKO) has already opened this series of summer concerts on June 1st at the San Giacomo Festival, performing compositions by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, but also by other composers from the Bavarian tradition.
On July 16th at 9:00 pm, the Dutch orchestra from The Hague Vereniging Hofstads JeugdOrkest (VHJO) will perform at San Giacomo Festival as well. VHJO is the oldest youth music orchestra in the world – founded in 1923 – and in Bologna it will offer a programme ranging from Prokofiev to Puccini, from Elgar to Bernstein.
On July 18th, a third concert will be held by the Dutch student music association GSMG Bragi from Groningen and for this performance the youth orchestra will be accompanied by its choir. The evening concert will take place at 09:00 pm in San Giacomo Maggiore, but the choir will perform an a cappella preview at 6:00 pm in Via Rizzoli. This event is part of Made in BoBo – Spettacoli in cantiere (“shows under construction”), a festival designed to celebrate the reopening of the pedestrian area of via Rizzoli, which has been under construction since the beginning of the year.
The International Youth Symphony Orchestra Bremen (IYSO) from Germany will close this series of concerts on July 31st at 09:00 pm, offering in San Giacomo Maggiore a repertoire that will range from classical masterpieces by Tchaicowskij to the works of the contemporary composer Bernstein. IYSO goes on an international tour every year and it strongly believes in music as a means to overcome cultural differences.
In addition, VHJO and IYSO Bremen orchestras will perform not only in Bologna but also at the Chamber Music Festival of Castello di Bentivoglio, in the picturesque setting of the courtyard of the castle, on July 17th and 24th respectively.
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